Amy Sugeno, LCSW
Amy Sugeno, LCSW, got her start as a wildlife biologist, studying a variety of species, mostly birds and bats. Over those 16 years, she consistently noticed how healing and restorative nature and the outdoors can be for people.
Now a therapist, Amy integrates ecotherapy, or nature-based therapies, into the healing process of her clients. She has worked at nonprofit agencies for the past 10 years with adults and older teens affected by domestic violence and sexual abuse. More recently, Amy has opened a small private practice in Marble Falls, Texas, where she provides ecotherapy to individuals and small groups, and particularly enjoys working with issues around adoption and attachment trauma.
There are so many parts that I have hidden and denied and lost
There are so many ways that I have cut off my nose to spite my face
There are so many colors that I still try to hide while I paint
And there are so many tunes that I secretly sing as I wait
You come along and invite these parts out of hiding
This invitation is the one that I’ve stopped fighting….
Thank you for seeing me
I feel so less lonely
Thank you for getting me
I’m healed by your empathy
What Led to the Specialization of Trauma?
Amy shares the story of how when she was a young kid one day she drove to take some used clothes to a domestic violence shelter and the impact this experience had on her.
An Early Mistake
Amy talks about how during her earlier years she truly didn’t understand just how strong her desire was to save her clients from suffering and pain.
- I find the neuroscience really interesting!
- From a very early age I felt that nature could be healing for people.
- I feel that I really have something to give to clients who have suffered trauma.
- Do not do this work alone! Get supervision.
- Do a lot of reading on secondary trauma and compassion fatigue.
Amy’s go-to books
- Trauma Stewardship: An Everyday Guide to Caring for Self While Caring for Others, Laura Van Dernoot Lipsky
- Letters to a Young Therapist (Art of Mentoring), Mary Pipher
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